Gun Control Essay

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Gun Control The year 1774 was pivotal in the history of the United States. It marked the beginning of the Revolutionary War, which lasted 13 years and claimed thousands of lives. Fighting against the British, the Americans had to rely on individual citizens because they did not have a well-organized army. As farmers and hunters, many citizens already owned guns. These rifles proved indispensable in defeating the British. After the war, citizens were reluctant to give up their rifles as they feared future invasions. Because of this fear, an amendment was added to the Constitution of the United States guaranteeing citizens the right to bear arms. Times have changed, however. The United States has one of the largest military forces in the world, and Americans are no longer called up to use their own weapons in the military. Although people no longer need guns for this purpose, there are in fact over 200,000,000 guns in circulation. Unfortunately, gun-related deaths continue to increase every year, with many innocent people losing their lives. Despite the original intention of the Second Amendment, the United States would be much better off if ownership of guns by private citizens was outlawed. The first benefit of making guns illegal is that the number of accidental shootings would decrease. Over 32 people get murdered a day by a gun. The people that get murdered are innocent and have done nothing wrong but lived as a citizen. Guns even kill children, like from Sandy Hook Elementary. Also, even in a movie theater, 20 people got shot. Those people or children were all innocent. In the real world the problem arises, however, in the deep interdependence between individuals. Thus, for example, an ideal American that can consider firearms available and, if you follow the categorical imperative, not having any. If all citizens do the same, the United States would be a
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